In chapter one, Elie starts by describing a man named "Moishe the Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname" (Wiesel 3).
In chapter two, Elie is stuffed in a train along with what seemed like 100 people. He was in that train until "the train stopped in Kaschau, a small town on the Czechoslovakian border" (Wiesel 23).
Elie witnessed something terrifying: selection. and it all started when "an SS came toward us wielding a club. He commanded: 'Men to the left! Women to the right!'" (Wiesel 29).
Elie is approached by a man who asks him if he wanted to get in a good Kommando. When Elie says that he does, the man "can arrange it. For a pittance: your shoes" (Wiesel 48).
It is Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. Elie thinks to himself "should we fast? The question was hotly debated. To fast could mean a more certain, more rapid death" (Wiesel 69).
Elie and the prisoners are doing what they would normally do at this time. The SS men have a different order though: shoot anyone who can't keep up with everyone. As Elie drifts in and out of consciousness, he can hear the prisoners behind him shouting "run faster. If you don't want to move, let us pass you" (Wiesel 87).